Trip reports

Saturday Walk: Sovereign Harbour

Redshank perched on post

Saturday, 16 December 2017

I led 10 members on a gentle stroll around the Harbour. We met in the car park by the beach which was empty when we got there as opposed to the Asda and village car park. We walked along the beach and saw five turnstones with a ringed plover on the high tide line. Unfortunately we also saw some bad birding practice (a birder was trying to take photo's by walking towards the birds and putting them up for half an hour or so) The birder was not one of our members. In the outer Harbour there were great crested grebes with gulls and cormorants.

Janet found Eryngium Maritimum (Sea Holly) which she will submit as a record. Also growing there was Beta Vulgaris subsp. Maritima (Sea Beet) with very glossy leaves. There were not many birds in the inner Harbour, mainly gulls and cormorants, so we had our coffee break. Liz found a guillemot on our way back, also great views of redshank (pictured), dunlin and ringed plover about 10 yards away. Back along the beach the turnstones were not being chased any more, we had great views of them on top of the shingle ridge.

In all we saw about 15 species, well it was better than Christmas shopping.

Michael Light